Volume 47, Number 6 - November 2, 2009

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Sergio Candido
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Reading record attempt

By Sergio Candido

On Nov. 3, the Miami Book Fair International will start a one-of-a-kind event; six women will begin a 10-day reading marathon in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Longest Reading Aloud Marathon by a Team.”

The competitors, members of the organization called International Solidarity for Human Rights, will try to set a new record by reading the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights repeatedly for more than 224 hours at Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican Campus.

Besides the record-breaking attempt, another goal of the event is to promote education, understanding and respect for human rights.

Elizabeth Sanchez Vegas, one of the six women competing and founder of International Solidarity of Human Rights, wants to create awareness  for the international document.

“Our goal is not only to set a new reading record, but to reach millions of people who otherwise wouldn’t be aware of their intrinsic rights,” Sanchez Vegas said.

Enacted in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled.

To comply with the guidelines of the Guinness World Records organization, the team must remain on the premises for the entire length of the attempt, which is expected to finish on Nov. 12.

The event will be streamed live 24 hours over the Internet and the area will remain open to the public, who will be able to see the six women not only as they read but also as they live together in Conference Room 401.

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